Gary

Gary - A very unique male name



  Jan 22,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Gary, meaning spearman, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1913 on position #973. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Gary and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Gary? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Gary. The baby boy name Gary was given to 461 baby boys in 2012, ranking #518 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 3,560 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Gary peaked in popularity 65 years ago in 1954 on position 9.



Famous with this name

Gary Oldman
Gary Basaraba
Lorraine Gary


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Gary is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Gary is currently topping the baby name charts in West Virginia at position #251 - and is the least popular in Illinois at position #997.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Gary is where you live.


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Gary origin and meaning

Gary is a 4 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means spearman. To see famous people named Gary, pop culture references for the name Gary and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Gary

We've found the following names that sound similar to Gary, sorted by popularity.

Garry / Gerry / Geary / Gray / Grey / Ger / Garey / Gery / Gor / Garo /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012518
2011488
2010473
2009455
2008427
2007389
2006349
2005339
2004328
2003327
2002285
2001294
2000274
1999252
1998234
1997235
1996201
1995190
1994167
1993156
1992139
1991123
1990113
1989106
1988100
198787
198684
198582
198475
198368
198264
198162
198063
197959
197860
197758
197652
197550
197448
197344
197241
197138
197035
196935
196832
196732
196628
196527
196426
196324
196222
196121
196022
195920
195817
195713
195613
195512
19549
195310
195210
195110
195010
194912
194812
194712
194612
194513
194415
194316
194218
194119
194019
193921
193822
193729
193638
193544
193460
193381
1932134
1931152
1930193
1929231
1928402
1927561
1926742
1925703
1924907
1923858
1922900
1921849
1920867
1919934
1918828
1917803
1916908
1915804
1914785
1913973

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
West Virginia251
Louisiana305
Kentucky321
Tennessee350
Arkansas355
Maryland400
Georgia404
Florida415
South Carolina420
New York428
Mississippi436
Ohio436
Oklahoma444
Virginia449
Nevada469
Connecticut505
Massachusetts520
Alabama528
New Jersey560
Missouri573
North Carolina575
California579
Michigan587
Utah596
Washington598
Pennsylvania601
Kansas609
Oregon656
Texas685
Indiana693
Minnesota730
Arizona769
Illinois997

Even more about Gary


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Gary a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Gary?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1954
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Gary
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 3,560
Letter count 4
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1913
2012 births +461

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